E-commerce websites offering easy access to pharma drugs

NEW DELHI: Growing e-commerce in India is facilitating significant increase in online pharmacies, leading to easy availability of pharmaceuticaldrugs and their abuse, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) says.

In its annual report for 2015, published on Friday, the NCB says abuse of pharmaceutical drugs in India has assumed serious proportions in recent times and the problem seems to be more serious in the northeast and northwest region of the country.

“The emergence of illegal websites (Internet Pharmacy) established in the USA, Europe etc. offering unregulated trade in a range of prescription medicines over the Internet has taken firm root in India as a supplier.

“These online pharmacies transmit orders from paying customers to agents in India, who then procure the medicines from either legitimate or illegitimate sources before dispatching them to customers by mail and courier,” the NCB says.



Source by timesofindia.indiatimes